Just one week into its 15th season, Big Brother is already facing a huge controversy over half of the cast members’ alleged racist, homophobic, and sexist comments—which were made visible on the CBS show’s 24-hour online live feed.
Reality Blurred compiled examples of the many offensive comments made, which include the use of the n-word, someone telling an Asian houseguest to “make some fucking rice,” using the c-word to describe women, saying gay people are “untrustworthy in a game like this,” and use of the other f-word; you know which one we mean.
Yahoo TV reports that CBS issued a statement saying, “At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone,” and more blabber to distance itself from the houseguests’ behavior.
Various Big Brother fan sites have called on CBS to air the bad behavior, since viewers can vote for a most valuable player on a weekly basis this season.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, former Big Brother contestant Ragan Fox (who is openly gay) wrote an open letter to the producers, urging them to actually air the racist comments on Big Brother 15 (which airs three times a week).
Fox noted it is almost CBS’ responsibility to provide viewers the full picture of how these contestants actually treat other people. “What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia?” Fox asked.